1st night of an historically revered 6-day run at Westchester county venue Capitol Theater
(right on the Connecticut border). This was the last time the band booked at this vaudeville-built theater, after 13 performances there the previous year. Must have been sad when this small, ornate room was no longer feasible, from '72 on.
This show attracts interest for 3 reasons:
+the premiering, in rudimentary versions, of 3 1/2 new songs that would become classics (they were excited enough to replay these each night)
+being the show were Mickey decided to tell the boys he was leaving - his next show after this being in Oct '74
+The 1st (oldest) Betty Board
Because the following night (premieres of Bird Song
) is represented on Three from the Vault
it may be more familiar, but this show is at least as good. This is one of those runs where everybody has their favorite but for then-unexpected turns, and the classic drum sound on these early versions, this would be the interesting night (and since they were carting around an 8track machine for the makings of the Skull Fuck
LP, shouldn't there be another vault release from this run?). The end of the run is more accomplished (try the 21st) but this show is sought for historical appeal.
- you gotta ask - how did it come off so well? Or maybe, why didn't they nail new songs in the 90s as quickly as in '71??
- Sounds different with Pig on vox. It would be released on Garcia's solo LP a year later
- Still in brief form
- They had premiered this a couple weeks earlier (but everybody plays this at band practices and such)
- premiered in the middle of a Dark Star
- started as a one chord drone and remained that way (though it wouldn't sound like this after Feb), so not a lot could be done with this song, but on this version it's the tranny back to Dahk Stah where things get cool (an excerpt of this one is on So Many Roads
as "Beautiful Jam"
- Isn't this the final shot from Mickey's toy cannon?
- Check this tranny
Collectible because, though there are not any single standout A+ versions, the show is interesting for context. So, while not for new converts, it's solid enough to not be for historical-collectors-only. 1st set above average for '71, 2nd set typical for '71.
Overall - 3 stars (2 1/2 plus 1/2 for historical interest)
Dark Star>Wharf>Dark Star>Uncle - Unusual 1st set sequence creates a changng atmosphere
Candyman - A great version. There was
a period where the band could harmonize
: 4 SBD sources to pick from. This is another classic show that came into broader circulation in '96 at the tail of the cassette age, and then to wider awareness with the "What became of the Betty Boards" project in the CD age, which resourced from the Betty>DAT transfer. These WBOTBB sources often come with unusually detailed lineage descriptions ("I plugged into the wall outlet using the overhand method and here is the metallic composition of the joist hangers in that wall"), I guess for the pedigree geeks amongst us (and Golden Ear claimants). The Port Chester (pronounced like Dorchester) run represents the earliest complete Bettys and, with modern digital tools, intermodular distortion and frequency anomalies can be zeroed in and excised without nasty degradation within the shoulders of those spectra; gotta love those narrow notch filters! The earliest circulating fragments from this show, in the late 80s, were low gen with noise, transient peak and pitch problems - just like most of the stuff we listened to in the 80s! How lucky we are to have the show underneath revealed. Three sources have dealt with those anomalies with slightly different digital tools and though they all sound great, albeit with resulting different sonic characteristics, I'm going with the Miller for best dynamics overall
. 85478 & the Orf source don't offer the stereo image I like. Though the latter should be the most accurate technically, the Miller111793 has the more comfortable, puts-you-there full sound with just the right amount of EQ and separation, even though it may not address every crackle and squelch.
tl;dr: The Miller sounds amazing & nothing like the fragments that circulated all those years ago that tainted much of '71!